Zazassance at the Mestalla! West Ham flop scores stunner against Real Madrid for Los Che

West Ham flop Simone Zaza scored his second goal in as many games for Valencia as his stunner helped Los Che upset Real Madrid in their league clash at the Mestalla last evening.

Zaza’s goal v Real Madrid was Valencia’s opening one of the game, with the home side prevailing 2-1. The Italian also scored in their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao over the weekend.

Are we seeing a Zazassance at the Mestalla?

Check out his goal below [Read more…]

West Ham 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

This was a draw that felt like a loss after the final whistle!

In hindsight, a point against a Tony Pulis side that are defensively more than decent away from home [prior to this game, the only away fixtures in which they had let in two or more goals were against Liverpool (two) and Tottenham (four)] is quite a good achievement. But due to the nature of the late goal conceded, it felt like a loss, and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic took out his anger on the tv mic on the sidelines.

Albion lead 1-0 at the break, thanks to Nacer Chadli’s sixth minute opener, a nice goal in which he nutmegged both Kouyate and Randolph. West Ham had a goal disallowed for Feghouli and Bilic rang in a tactical change at half time, bringing off Cresswell for Callieri, and switching to three at the back.

With West Ham looking more enterprising going forward, Pulis removed goal scorer Chadli and introduced Jonny Evans to match the Hammers’ formation.

The equaliser came on 63 minutes and it was Feghouli who provided it, with the Algerian quickest to react after Ben Foster had tipped Lanzini’s first time effort onto the bar.

Calleri had a tough half- there were plenty of crosses put into the box, but it was a strategy that would’ve suited Andy Carroll or even Ashley Fletcher rather than the Argentine. He was even shrugged off by Albion right back Allan Nyom and with Snodgrass also struggling with his defensive duties following the switch to 3 at the back, Bilic pushed Antonio to the wing to deal with the marauding Cameroonian. [Read more…]

Payet makes second Marseille league debut v Metz, OM lose 1-0

Dimitri Payet made his “second” league debut for Marseille in their Match Day 23 clash against FC Metz. Payet, who had also played in the Coupe de France win over Lyon, was a second half substitute for OM against Metz, replacing Bouna Sarr nine minutes into the second half.

Unfortunately for Payet and OM, Metz won the game 1-0 thanks to Yann Jouffre’s 82nd minute strike. A disappointing result for OM, who were very poor on the road in the first half of the Ligue 1 season [Read more…]

Video Manuel Lanzini’s delicate chip finish v Palace

Didn’t get as much attention owing to the stunner that Carroll’s goal was, but Manuel Lanzini again showed his class and his liking for Palace! (he’s scored every time he’s played them) with this delicate chip goal, scored after a wonderful counter attack from West Ham [Read more…]

Video Andy Carroll’s goal of the season contender v Palace

We’ve run out of superlatives to describe this one, so we’ll let the video do the talking. Check out Andy Carroll’s wonderful scissor kick v Palace (the same team against whom Giroud scored his “scorpion” kick) [Read more…]

Video Slaven Bilic says “Payet does not want to play” for West Ham

Watch a video where West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admits that Dimitri Payet “does not want to play” for the club. Bilic however reiterates that the club do not want to sell their best players.

Payet enjoyed a dream season with West Ham in 2015/16 after his switch from Marseille and earned a maiden call up to the French national squad [Read more…]

Key moment Video Feghouli open goal miss vs Man City in the FA Cup

Well, this was a rather depressing game to watch, more so the second half. However you probably can’t blame the players- they were 3-0 down at the interval and conceded one more shortly after coming on.

The first half was certainly better than the second, but this open goal miss from Sofiane Feghouli was a key one- it would’ve been an equaliser after conceding a soft penalty through Ogbonna. Unfortunately for the Algerian, he failed to convert his chance and it was pretty much down hill after that. West Ham’s heads dropped, David Silva ran the show and three more goals were scored in quick succession, and John Stones added a late fifth to complete a comprehensive win for Pep Guardiola’s side [Read more…]

Sofiane Feghouli ban rescinded | Can play against Man City on Friday

West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli will not be required to serve a three game ban and is free to play against Man City on Friday in the FA Cup after the Football Association overturned his red card. Feghouli was sent off 15 minutes into West Ham’s 2-0 loss against Manchester United by Mike Dean for his “challenge” on Phil Jones.

While it’s good that his red has been overturned (check the video below for his dismissal), it’s a bit frustrating for West Ham fans that it cannot alter the result of the game- one where they started well and then had to play 75 minutes one man down.

West Ham have also now had four of their last five red cards rescinded by the FA- not a stat that makes for happy reading at all! [Read more…]